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Congressman on Brexit’s Possible Effect on U.S. Economy: ‘There May Be Different Trade Barriers’

The deadline for the British Parliament and the European Union to close a deal on Brexit is March 29. As this date draws nearer, they don’t seem any closer to forming an agreement.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional European Union Caucus, told Bold TV: I am waiting with bated breath to see how they resolve it, and I don’t think that we know how it’s going to be resolved. Just as they don’t know about the craziness that’s taking place here in the United States.”

Congressman Meeks emphasized how much the U.S. economy is intertwined with the United Kingdom’s and the EU’s. “The biggest partner that the Americans had in the EU was Great Britain.” He continued, “You can’t have a trade agreement with Great Britain until that scenario is resolved, and then what will the trade agreement be with the EU?”

Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed bill was overwhelmingly rejected by Parliament, leaving her limited time to negotiate a new deal with the EU. The Prime Minister then had to withstand her second no-confidence vote in two months.

It just shows that politics is volatile around the world. It’s volatile in Great Britain right now. It’s volatile in France, just as it is volatile here in the United States,” Meeks said.

With situations like Brexit, people often feel shut out of the conversation. This alienation has led to riots like the French Yellow Vests.

When asked how citizens can feel more represented, Rep. Meeks said he would like, “for the people to come out to vote, participate in elections, to have their voices heard. And I would hope that it would be at the polling place. Not having riots and things of that nature.” 

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